Our Garden Rangers deliver our interdisciplinary garden-based education program that allows students to learn in a wonderful outdoor classroom- the garden! Our program offers students six introductory lessons about their school garden. Our program schedule allows all students in K-12 to visit the garden throughout the year. Students learn about the rules in the garden and develop their own, fun garden names. They also explore the garden and help it grow by planting new seedlings. Students learn about the different soil types and which type is in their school garden. Students explore the beneficial and harmful insects that live in their school garden. Climate and Seasons: Students explore the Los Angeles’ ecosystem and the types of weather conditions that different plants prefer. Students learn about the anatomy of a plant and learn to identify which part of the plant we commonly eat. Students work together to harvest and prepare food from the garden. The students care for and maintain the garden. This is the ultimate lesson. They can control the space through their efforts. Our Rangers blog about their work every week. Here are the latest.

Irrigation Lesson at Woodlawn

Irrigation Lesson at Woodlawn

Today, with the help of Ranger Hope, we began to convert the irrigation from sprinklers, to drip.  Now that the watering issue is almost solved, this garden’s soil flora should improve significantly and the garden will be ready to withstand the summer weather! The students came out to observe and asked questions about the differences…

Garden Loving and Learning

Garden Loving and Learning

Last week at Primary Academy the second graders spent their last “bonus” garden class loving on the garden.   We reviewed our plant parts, composting, and seasons by choosing warm weather and mostly fruit bearing seeds to plant in compostable containers.   The kids went nuts deciding on pepper, tomato, melon and zucchini seeds and…

West Vernon harvests some radishes

West Vernon harvests some radishes

At West Vernon Elementary the students helped harvest radishes for a spicy snack. We discussed mulch and how it helps minimize weeds, keeps water from evaporating too fast, and slowly releases nutrients into the soil. Sunflowers are coming in and the grapes look very happy. – Ranger Dan

Herb, herb, herb, herbs the word

Herb, herb, herb, herbs the word

With spring well underway and our garden being the magical rainbow that it is-seriously it’s almost hard to look at all at once, so many colors!- we decided to learn more about our favorite flowers, the herbs.   We learned the properties of our herbs, where they come from, and how we can use them…

When you have healthy soil…

When you have healthy soil…

…the possibilities are almost endless! Temple Israel students are on their 2 week spring break, but they will soon enjoy the rewards of their work! This new garden has been planted almost all by seed and almost all by students. I try to keep maintenance to a minimum here, since students are so excited to…

Decomposers and other Insects at Dahlia Heights

Decomposers and other Insects at Dahlia Heights

Today we covered such hard-hitting gardening issues such as active decay cycles and the bugs and other organisms that make that happen. We met the worms and pillbugs then the kids explored the garden looking for other bugs. We also learned that technically all bugs and animals are decomposers because, well, everybody poops and that’s…

Valley View Elementary helps maintain their garden and learns how to start their own.

Valley View Elementary helps maintain their garden and learns how to start their own.

Lots to do at Valley View. Carrots were harvested and quickly eaten. The beds were amended and turned over to get ready for new plants. The students also learned how to turn different containers into seed starting containers for their own home gardens. – Ranger Dan

The Magic of Pollen at Weemes

The Magic of Pollen at Weemes

Today at Weemes our classes got to learn how flowers make seeds and fruit. After looking at a few flowers in our own garden, we discussed how bees and other pollinators go spreading powdery pollen from flower to flower as they try to eat. Then we played a game to see if we could spread…

Apples, potatoes, mushrooms, and worms

Apples, potatoes, mushrooms, and worms

Today we did so many fun things. We fed our used up mushroom substrate, aka old milk cartons, to the worms. They went crazy for it! We also hilled potatoes with straw and leaves, hopefully we will harvest them next month. For snacks we had spicy mustard flowers and fennel leaves. Every day in the…

Spring Cleaning at Toluca Lake Elementary

Spring Cleaning at Toluca Lake Elementary

Today in the garden we accomplished many tasks that needed our attention.  The last of the lettuce bolted, along with the spinach. The sugar snap peas finally slowed down there production and soil levels have been low.  The students today helped me remove the winter plants and put them in the compost.  We spread new…

Dirty Hands and Spring Seedlings

Dirty Hands and Spring Seedlings

Today was the last day of garden class for my 3 classes.  We celebrated by opening our flower presses! They were magnificent. We glued the dried flowers onto card stock. My Pre-K students drew pictures of the garden to match the flowers and the 1st graders are going to use them as a Mother’s Day…

Vine Street turns trash into treasure

Vine Street turns trash into treasure

Vine St Elementary gives common items a second life. Turning everyday containers, such as milk cartons, into seed starting containers showed the students how they could start their own gardens at home. A snack of carrot roots growing in the garden was then a well-deserved treat. Some students jumped at the chance to move by…

Back from Spring Break at Luther Burbank Middle School

Back from Spring Break at Luther Burbank Middle School

We are back at Luther Burbank … and the garden went CRAZY over spring break. It seems all the weeds grew MUCH faster than the plants we put in the ground before vacation! So we did much maintenance today. In addition, the kids chose plants to focus on to research so that they can create…

Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Flower Dissection at San Pedro

Students at San Pedro have been dissecting various items in their science classes, so for this week’s garden class we had a chance to dissect a flower and answer the puzzling question, “where do seeds come from?” After students made a few guesses about what they thought might be inside their flowers, we opened them…

Interplanting, apples, and slime mold | Eagle Rock

Interplanting, apples, and slime mold | Eagle Rock

Today at ERHS we planted squash and amended the beds with fresh compost. We snacked on fried garlic, carrots, cabbage, and swiss chard. Our interplanted beds of garlic and lettuce are doing well, and the 3 sisters are taking off! We have ripening apples on the trees. We also saw the infamous dog vomit slime…